It's time to slow down

#slowdown #gratitude #health #joy Nov 29, 2022

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“If you're always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you're in? Slow down and enjoy the moment you're in and live your life to the fullest.”
― Nanette Mathews

 It's time to slow down

What hectic pace are you caught up in this holiday season?

One of my holiday traditions is to still stuff stockings for my kids. Yes, my adult kids. They always seem to enjoy stockings every year. I have to start picking up stocking stuffers early (September?) so I can find enough unique or interesting things. As I get older, I realize that I may purchase a stuffer from a memory I have or something sentimental, while they may not get the connection or even have the same memory I’m thinking of. I wonder if they think what I put in the stockings now is silly or questionable. Anyway, about this time of year, I have to make sure the stockings are full before I pack them up and ship them out. So I may be scrambling to find a few more things. I’ve always enjoyed it.

It’s about that time to get off the merry-go-round and slow down. But what’s your idea of slowing down?

I was thinking that I rush around because I’m doing a lot that isn’t important while feeling like I don’t have time to do what I think is important. What?!?

Or I rush around frantically trying to get everything on my list done. Life feels chaotic.

Or I’ve said “yes” to more things than I want to do or have time to do – meaning there’s no “me” time.

If your mind is thinking about a jumble of things, your focus is off and you actually get less done. And your sleep is probably affected.

How about pausing? Deciding what tasks you can remove from your calendar. Using the pause to think of things to do for your own self-care?

What if you actually made a list of things that would bring you joy and make you feel better? You can focus on your needs instead of worrying about what everyone else wants.

  • Take it easy. Rest is not slacking off, it’s something healthy to do for your well-being.
  • Set clear boundaries for yourself and start with small changes.
  • Take time for reflection and listen to your inner self as to what feels right and what you dread.

I’m not sure where I read this, but “nourish the quiet places in your soul.” I like that thought. For me, that encompasses a lot of self-care practices.

Here are a few more ideas if you’re having trouble figuring out how to slow down:

  • Identify enjoyable things
  • Get outside
  • Try touching the earth
  • Play slow music
  • Step away from your phone!
  • Visualize yourself someplace peaceful
  • Practice mindful meditation
  • Find a quiet space and make it your own
  • Pause on purpose – considering something more deeply
  • Step back from what is occupying your mind
  • Don’t do everything on your list or anyone else’s

There is still time to slow down and enjoy all that the holidays bring.

Good luck – it’s a process – you can do it!

Here's my blog on 10 of life's lessons.

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Slow down, it's a process. You can do it!

 All my best,

Nancy

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About Nancy Whitman

Nancy Whitman is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), yoga teacher, and author. She specializes in empowering you to improve your well-being. Nancy is registered with the Yoga Alliance as ERYT-500 and is certified through ACE as a personal trainer, health coach, and fitness instructor. She has a Master's degree in Education, MaEd.

 

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